Srinagar: The SMHS Hospital is the largest hub of the unfolding horror stories in the Valley, largely because the crushing curfew and tightlipped officials have made information gathering for journalists a very difficult task.
People accompanying the injured recounted a few of these countless stories.
On Sunday, government forces ruthlessly thrashed men, women and kids in Palpora, a Srinagar suburb, when they were protesting against the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani and his two associates.
About 30 protesters suffered injuries. While the majority of them were treated by local paramedics, four who had grievousness injuries: three bullet wounds and a class 6 student, Sahil, had been hit by a teargas canister.
“Not only did they damage windows and vehicles but they also beat up woman,” said a woman resident of Palpora.
The 12-year-old Sahil was walking with his friends on a bund at Palpora locality of Noor Bag, when CRPF men who had been engaged in stone pelting battle with protesters surrounded them from two sides and fired teargas shells at them.
A splinter shell hit Sahil resulting in serious wound to his knees.
“He has 25 stitches on his leg, see what have they done to a kid, may these brutes perish,” said Sahil’s mother.
“They hit at his wound after he fell on the ground,” added his father.
Another tale of horror was recounted by 16-year-old Amir from Alasteng. A class 10 student, barely had he ventured out of his home did the forces shower a hail of pellets at him, injuring his face and eyes.
What bothers him is not the pain that doesn’t go away but the fact that he would not be able to appear in the exams again.
Doctors treating him at the SKIMS hospital say that his chances of regaining eyesight are bleak.
“Last time around when I could not appear in the exams due to personal problems, I had promised my dad that I would make him proud in the coming exams, but that dream is dead now, rendered dead by the brutal Indian regime,” he said
However, Sahil’s father who was accompanying his injured son seemed more worried about his son’s health than his career.
“It is a miracle that my son was not killed as the forces were on a killing spree. I hope my son regains his vision as that would be my biggest happiness even bigger than his excellence in academics,” said his father with moist eyes.
While there are scores of injured in the SMHS, 24-year-old Adil stands out from the rest in that there is no bullet or pellet wound on his body. Still, doctors say, “he is in bad shape”.
He had been beaten up till he passed out. His neck and head bore the brunt.
“Even if he survives I don’t think he would be able to move normally,” said his father.
Doctors treating patients at the SMHS hospital were more worried about the trauma they would face in future as there was a possibility that the vital organs of these people have been seriously damaged.